Eljero Elia: Southampton to sign Werder Bremen winger on loan

Eljero Elia
Eljero Elia joined Werder Bremen from Juventus in 2012

Southampton have agreed a deal to sign Werder Bremen winger Eljero Elia on loan until the end of the season.

The Netherlands international will join on 3 January and the transfer is likely to become permanent in the summer.

Saints want the 27-year-old because and Sadio Mane is going to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Speaking before the move was confirmed, Saints boss Ronald Koeman said: "He will be a good option."

Ex-FC Twente and Hamburg man Elia made 33 appearances for Bremen last season.

He has 27 international caps and was part of his country's 2010 World Cup squad.